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  •  The Queen Will Want to See Scotland Yard Heads (5+ / 0-)

    roll.

    Literally?

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    by Limelite on Fri Jul 29, 2011 at 07:04:28 PM PDT

    •  Alas, 13 years too late for heads to really roll (3+ / 0-)
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      If Royal protectors selling protectees information is a kind of treason, well she migh wish she could ask for them to be hung, drawn and quartered. Alas, not possible, since 1870.

      13 years ago, however,  apparently they could have been beheaded.

      Hanging, drawing and quartering was rendered obsolete in England by the Forfeiture Act 1870, ...The Act also limited the penalty for treason to hanging alone, although it did not remove the monarch's right under the 1814 Act to substitute hanging with beheading.

      The death penalty for treason was abolished by the Crime and Disorder Act 1998, enabling the UK to ratify protocol six of the European Convention on Human Rights in 1999.

      When drawing and quartering the Gunpowder plotters, they added a few mortifications like the cutting off of the genitals and more than I can stomach reading about at this hour of midnight in the Blue State.

      "Are you bluish? You don't look bluish," attributed to poet Roger Joseph McGough, for the Beatles' Yellow Submarine (1968).

      by BlueStateRedhead on Fri Jul 29, 2011 at 09:47:23 PM PDT

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      •  perhaps as a gesture of international (2+ / 0-)
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        good will, it would be a good idea for public spirited citizens with legal backgrounds to look into possible death penalty offenses committed by the Murdochs in the USA.

        Alternately, the Arab monarchies have some interesting laws and penalties that might apply. Especially since enough digging would probably turn up evidence that the Murdochs hacked their phones, too. Perhaps the UK would be willing to extradite them. With evidence enclosed.

        IIRC, "only 2% of the people" who have turned up in Murdoch's files as subjects for illegal investigations have been contacted, as in 2%= 500 people. That translates into tens of thousands, all of which the Murdoch conspiracy considered as of "potential public interest". Every member of any royal family that ever visited the UK? Every politician?

        One could call this a spying operation of the sort that only major governments get to pull.  Or the largest free-enterprise espionage operation in history. Or hubris on a cosmic scale.

        The Murdochs will be extraordinarily fortunate to avoid prison. Or worse.

        It's only a matter of time before teabagger politicians stop taking their calls.

        OTOH... that doesn't mean the end of Fox News necessarily. The company owes Rush Limbaugh $400M...

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        by alizard on Fri Jul 29, 2011 at 11:54:11 PM PDT

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        •  News C. owes him $400m for what.... (2+ / 0-)
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          IIRC, Rush is employed by Clear Channel. So it's not salary. More bribery maybe?

          "Are you bluish? You don't look bluish," attributed to poet Roger Joseph McGough, for the Beatles' Yellow Submarine (1968).

          by BlueStateRedhead on Sat Jul 30, 2011 at 03:16:05 AM PDT

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          •  oops... (0+ / 0-)

            Memory lapse. Just as well, Rush Limbaugh as CEO is one of the few ways I can imagine to make FoxNews worse. Though I suspect that the Murdochs will come up with another one.

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            by alizard on Sat Jul 30, 2011 at 05:16:48 PM PDT

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